San Jose State was down by two when the first timeout was called at the 14:49 mark of the first half. The Spartans trailed the Grizzlies at 7:17. They trailed by double-digits for the first time since playing the then-No. 15 Saint Mary's Gaels on Nov. 22.
The Spartans began the game on 6-on-21 shooting, but there were negative surprises and they found themselves in a 46-30 deficit at the half. The Grizzlies' defense was dominant as they completed 92.9 percent of their free throws and 64 percent of their field goals.
The Grizzlies were hot from the floor, shooting 64 percent from behind the arc. The Spartans trailed 52-34 at 15:44 of the second half.
Brandon Clarke made a spectacular two-handed dunk to cut the Grizzlies' deficit down to eight at 9:59. Jalen James then made a layup to make it a six-point game.
However, the Grizzlies silenced the Spartans' run as they hit two three-pointers late in the second half. San Jose State trailed Montana 74-60 with 3:38 left in regulation.
The Grizzlies maintained a double-digit lead to snap the Spartans' three-game winning streak with a 81-62 victory at Dahlberg Arena.
The Spartans will return home on Saturday to host the Life Pacific College Warriors. The game begins at 2:00 pm PST on the Mountain West Network and KLIV 1590 AM.
San Jose State's three-game winning streak snapped by Montana
The Spartans tried to win a fourth straight game for the first time since 2011.